Spurs make exit from Champions League at expense of Monaco

Third place Spurs will hope to keep their Champions League dreams alive when they travel to the Stade Louis II stadium on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men may be unbeaten in the Premier League however they have already lost two games in Europe this season.

A third defeat, and second successive to Monaco, would all but end their hopes of reaching the knock out stages. Spurs lost 2-1 at home in their opening meeting.

Despite the pressure seemingly on the London outfit to get a result, Pochettino has revealed that he will not take any risks with the fitness of his players in Monaco.

“We must win but we need to see whether players have fully recovered or not,” said the former Southampton coach in the build up to the game.

“We have a very good team in front of us and we have to be clever, some players might need to start on the bench and then come on and make an impact.”

Spurs will be in buoyant mood going into the game after coming from 2-1 down to beat West Ham United 3-2 on Sunday. The result kept them within touching distance of the top of the table while it also saw Harry Kane score a brace.

Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele are a doubt for Spurs, while Kane will be assessed before the game following his return to action after injury.

The forward is crucial however if they are to maintain their hopes of reaching the knock out stages. Monaco showed their ruthlessness in London as they scored with each of their two shots on target.

History suggests we should be in for goals with both teams scoring in each of their three previous matches although the fact that Spurs have never won an away game against French opposition, in all competitions, bodes well for the home side.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.